Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Self-Powered Wearable Technology

For emerging wearable tech to advance, it needs improved power sources. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have provided a potential solution via crumpled carbon nanotube (CNT) forests.

Changyong Cao, director of MSU’s Soft Machines and Electronics Laboratory, led a team of scientists that created highly stretchable supercapacitors for powering wearable electronics. The newly technology has demonstrated solid performance and stability, even when it is stretched to 800 percent of its original size over thousands of stretching/relaxing cycles.

The team’s creation may spur the development of new stretchable energy electronic systems and implantable biomedical devices, as well as smart packaging systems.

Many people will recognize wearable tech in its basic form as iWatches that communicate with smartphones. In that example, two pieces of technology need batteries. Now imagine burn victims wearing patches of “smart skin” that can monitor healing while powering themselves – that’s the future that Cao’s invention foresees.

NIFA supports this nanotechnology research through the Hatch Act Funds.

Read the article online at MSU Today.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

Farm Bill Priority Areas
Agriculture systems and technology
U.S. States and Territories
Website Survey CTA Image Desktop

Your feedback is important to us.